Barbara Clarke

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain

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Reworking the Workplace

Reworking the Workplace

I wish that when we talk about polarization we were only talking about how to protect polar bear habitats in the Arctic. But, alas, now the term’s most common meaning refers to the act of dividing, often people and opinions, into completely separate groups. We’ve gone...

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The word "Old" is so laden with negativity, we hardly ever use it. Except, of course, if you really want to go for the jugular and then it’s usually accompanied by old fart, old bag, old dog with no new tricks, and possibly “old timer” but that is kind of dear and...

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What Separates Us – One from Another?

What Separates Us – One from Another?

"Empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance.” ~  Arundhati Ray Like many people taking stock of difficult social/cultural issues, I’ve begun to take stock of my own quotient of empathy—the recognition of the...

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Dazzling Data

The rate of literacy refers to the ability to sufficiently read and write. Many factors, such as self-reporting, accessibility and quality of education, contribute to these rates. “From the countries where literacy rates are the highest, we see that proactive public instruction policies and the emphasis on educational spending within government budgets can go a long way in increasing a population’s knowledge base.” *

#1 – Andorra and Finland 100%

#13 –  Cuba 100%

#21 – Russian Federation 100%

#125 – U.S. 86%

*From the World Atlas at

Andorra and Finland


Russion Federation


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